Our Favorite Single Issues of 2012 can be from an ongoing, limited series, annual, or whatever – if it’s just one single issue, it’s fair game.
The Walking Dead #100 | Geoff Arbuckle
Every so often a comic book comes along that sticks with you in a way that you need to be alone for a little bit after you’ve read it. In the case of The Walking Dead #100, I immediately wanted to look up funeral services for fan favorite character Glenn who had been part of the series since issue #2. His connection to Rick and his unsinkable devotion to our main hero while always being there for his de facto wife, Maggie, reminded us that there was still good in the world that had gone to shit. Unfortunately, he ran afoul of an unsinkable evil in Negan, the latest villain who is still wreaking havoc in the series. In a scene that tore the heart out of fans everywhere, writer Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard brutally murdered Glenn. As we watched Negan’s weapon of choice, a barbed baseball bat named Lucille, destroyed Glenn’s head, a part of every character and every fan died on that Summer evening as we read issue #100. It’s a death we still haven’t gotten over and one we likely may never fully recover from.
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Prophet #21 | John Barringer
There wasn’t a single issue in 2012 that intrigued me more than Prophet #21; it’s beautifully strange, weird, and started an itch in my mind that I had to scratch. The story is just as mysterious as the surroundings it’s told in, there’s no introduction or origin to catch you up, just Brandon Graham’s narrative and Simon Roy’s art – both of which have no bounds. It’s hard-sci in comic book form at it’s absolute best. It’s Conan in a spacesuit. It’s incredibly imaginative. And it will hook you, as it did me.
Hawkeye #6 | Dan Cole
It may seem like a cop-out to pick a book that came out in December, but this festive tale is something quite special. Focusing on six days in the life of Clint Barton, we watch him figuring out how to work DVR, dealing with tracksuit wearing Mafia, dodging spoilers for “Dog Cops” and getting called out on his crap by his protégé. This book crams a lot into its page count and delivers it in a fun and engaging way. Playing with the temporal structure of his narrative, Matt Fraction shows everyone why Hawkeye is the most entertaining book on the stands and with some truly great art by David Aja (that one page with Clint outside his apartment building with his bow in hand is gorgeous) this issue soars to new heights.
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Masks #1 | T.A. Ewart
Dynamite has a firm brand and this book shows it. We see why heroes like Zorro, the Shadow, and the Green Hornet were and still are cool. These are the prototypical heroes, that were left when times changed, but when you read Masks, you have to ask “why?” These nothing retro about them and everything good.
Wolverine and the X-Men #17 | Hamilton Ortiz
I would love to know where Jason Aaron drummed up such an insane idea for Doop. Doop who was practically a useless character before this is suddenly a super bad ass in the Marvel Universe. Wolverine and the X-Men #17 serves as a stand alone issue perhaps to give readers a break from the main story but man were they treated to something so well written and funny. When you see Wolverine basically begging for someone’s help you know it’s serious. Where’s our Doop one shot or series Marvel?
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Now let us know who your favorites of 2012 were!